Goldilocks and the Nine Planets
Before she met the three bears, Goldilocks was a space explorer… (9/2006)
(Written before Pluto was declassified as a planet)
Once upon a time, there was an astronaut named Goldilocks. She went for a ride through space in her rocket ship. Pretty soon, she came to a solar system with nine planets. It looked interesting, so she flew right in.
Goldilocks wanted to get out of her rocket and sunbathe. She landed on Venus.
“This planet is too hot!” she said. “It’s the hottest planet even though there is one closer to the sun.
So she flew to Neptune.
“This planet is too cold and windy,” she said, barely able to land her space ship in the 1,000 mile-an-hour winds.
So she flew to Earth.
“Ahhh, this planet is just right,” she said happily. Then she slathered herself in sunscreen and lay in the sun for a while.
After she was golden brown, Goldilocks decided that she wanted to build a spaceport. So she flew to Jupiter.
“This planet is too big!” she exclaimed. “It’s so big, all of the other planets could fit inside of it!”
So she flew to Pluto.
“This planet is too small!” she whined. “It is so small, I wonder if I should even call it a planet!”
So she flew to Earth again.
“Ahhh, this planet is just right,” she sighed. She quickly got to work.
After she built her spaceport, Goldilocks was very tired. She wanted to take a nap.
She flew to Mars.
“This planet is too hard,” she said. It was mountainous, and full of rocks and craters.
So she flew to Saturn.
“This planet is too soft!” she whined. When she tried to lie down, she floated on the gassy surface, like a half-filled Helium balloon.
So even though she liked Saturn’s beautiful rings, Goldilocks flew back to Earth.
“Ahhh, this planet is just right,” she sighed as she drifted off to sleep.
After a short nap, Goldilocks got up. She decided that she was quite bored. She wanted to look at something beautiful. Something other than her reflection in a mirror, that is.
“I think I want a planet with lots of moons,” she said.
Goldilocks flew to Mercury, but it didn’t have any moons.
“This planet has too few,” she said.
She flew to Uranus, which has 21 moons, the most of any planet.
“This planet has too many,” she complained.
So she returned to Earth and fell in love with its one beautiful moon, which shone brightly in the night sky.
Goldilocks decided that she liked Earth; it was just right in so many ways. She decided to live there.
She landed her rocket in a forest and hid it behind some tall trees. Then she went for a walk. Pretty soon, she came upon a house. She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in. And what happened next is an entirely different story…